The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave Meharry Medical College, Nashville, a $9 million endowment to fund a new health-policy center at the college.
Dubbed the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy, it will focus on furthering the discussion of broad issues including diversity in the national debate on health policy, executives said in announcing the endowment. The gift is the largest in the historically black colleges existence. This is the second such policy center Robert Wood Johnson has created; the first was established at the University of New Mexico, where the student population is composed of 35% Hispanic and 12% American Indian student populations, said John Lumpkin, senior vice president of the foundation. We expect to make a change over a generation, he said.
Meharry said it will partner with Vanderbilt Universitys College of Arts and Sciences to develop the center. The college will use the center to recruit students and faculty and provide new curricula, research and academic opportunities in health policy.